Monday, 5 March 2012

Harlequin Reprints Part XVI

In my last post in this reprint series I discussed an instance where Harlequin recycled a cover for a new title. I thought it was the first of only two examples. But I've since found a third example. Yucca City Outlaw was first published by Harlequin in 1952 then reprinted in 1956 with a new number and cover. The new cover is really a cover borrowed from an earlier western, The Man From Bar-20.

The practice of recycling cover art was done in a relatively short period, February 1955 to May 1956. Those two years were also notable for how few Harlequins were published, 25 then 28. The five year period 1950 to 1954 averaged nearly 60 books, with the lowest number 56. Something happened and my guess is the death of the first editor Jack Palmer.

Harlequin 158 - March 1952

Harlequin 360 - May 1956

Harlequin 107 -  April 1951

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